Disclaimer I: I am not a chess player. I played some chess when I was a teenager. I am certain that any half-witted chess player could beat me with half their brain tied behind their back.
Disclaimer II: I am not a lawyer (that’s my sister and nephew in the family).
Disclaimer III: This is not meant to be a political post. I love republicans. I love democrats. I love green party folks, libertarians, socialists, and communists. Jesus said something about how far the extent of our love to others should reach when he said, “Love your enemies.” I am pretty sure Jesus means love everybody no matter how they voted in the last election or their perspective on God and country.
OK, with these three disclaimers behind me let me simply write:
People are not pawns.
People are people, created in the image of God. (The previous sentence includes all people no matter what their passport says. No matter what language they speak. No matter if they acknowledge God’s existence or not.)
People are not negotiation tools.
People are not expendable.
People are to be treated with love and respect.
Didn’t Jesus also say: Love your neighbor as yourself? In case you forgot the answer to that rhetorical question: Yes, he did say that with his words and actions, he said it.
Moreover, God cares about how we treat people. Jesus also said, “Whatever you have done for the least of these you have done to me.”
The problem comes when some folks begin to see themselves as the Kings, Queens, Bishops and Rooks but everyone else as the pawns. Pawns are fodder. If you lose one or two protecting the king and kingdom, well that’s just part of the game.
Jesus reminded us that He is the Good Shepherd. He is the type of shepherd that leaves the 99 sheep to look for the one lost sheep. The implication is that in his Kingdom every single sheep matters. In other words: People are not pawns. People matter. All people.
Life is not a game where the last king standing wins. In Jesus Kingdom, the King laid down his life for the worst of us. Why would the King do this? Because people are not pawns. People are people created in the image of God.
I think sometimes we forget this.